This past Sunday, Heather Keehn and Christy Rivera discussed foster-parenting in honor of Foster Care Awareness Month. Christy shared her notes.
Foster care awareness month is coming to a close. Every Christian is called to care for the orphans (James 1:27), but that doesn’t mean every Christian can or should become a foster or adoptive family. Below are listed some ways you can get involved in Roosevelt’s foster care ministry:
Children who have been abused or neglected are in a constant spiritual battle. Satan does not want these children or foster families to succeed. Pray for foster children in general. Pray for foster families you know, or better yet pray with those foster families you know. While a lot of small groups are taking breaks during the summer, in the fall we hope to connect foster or adoptive families to a small group that can pray for them during their weekly meetings.
Many people don’t feel equipped to help foster parents because they can’t give advice or they don’t have kids or a dozen other reasons. Often times, people just want to be listened to. As Galatians 6:2 says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
3. Offer everyday assistance
Focusing on building a relationship with children who have experienced trauma takes a tremendous amount of time. Sometimes, this can cause things like cleaning, cooking, and laundry to be on the back burner. This can make a family feel even more stressed out. Offering to help with any of these daily tasks gives the family more time to focus on connecting with their child.
4. Volunteer at one of our parent’s night out
In August, we will be hosting a parent’s night out for those with foster and adoptive children at Roosevelt. If you aren’t good with kids, you can still help out by donate food, games, crafts, or help set up and clean up this event.
5. Donate to our foster care pantry
Roosevelt is starting a pantry with items a foster parent might need. Oftentimes, a family will be placed with a child or children with little notice. The pantry would be able to give material assistance during a stressful time. We hope to stock the pantry with resources to help foster & adoptive families such as helpful books, sensory toys, gift cards, and diapers.
6. Become a respite family
Whether it’s for one night or one week, you can give a foster family the relief they need by watching their children. If you’re interested in watching foster children for periods longer than 24 hours, you could become a licensed respite care provider. Not everyone can take a child into their home for an indeterminate amount of time, but if you can for even a weekend, it’s worth getting licensed.
7. Become a foster family
The greatest way to directly impact a child is to become a foster family yourself. While this isn’t the option for everyone, don’t disqualify yourself if you are single, divorced, or have no children. If God has called you to this, he will equip you! For every one foster family, about 20 wrap around people are needed. Fostering or adopting children is not an easy path, but it is the path God has called us to.If you are interested in helping in any of these ways or want more information, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), Heather (email@example.com), or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.” - Isaiah 1:17